Crony | No-Li Brewhouse

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No-Li Brewhouse
Washington, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crony is designed to highlight the unique tropical fruit aromas and piney character of Simcoe hops. Layer these distinct hops on a smooth malt body and you get a NW Brown Ale with hints of garnet red.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 27
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No-Li Brewhouse LLC "Crony"
12 oz. brown glass bottle
$1.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Sometimes it's nice to relax and enjoy a beer that's simple and straightforward, that doesn't rely on a complicated grain bill or a massive amount of hops, and this is one of them.

It's a simple brown ale. It's got a clear dark-mahogany brown body beneath a three-finger thick head of foamy light tan froth that holds well and leaves remarkable lacing about the glass. The nose is fruity and cocoaish with piney, floral and grassy hops adding depth. The flavor follows, adding a bit of dark chocolate, or perhaps chocolate fudge. It's lightly flavorful rather than dense or rich, as it should be, and a stiff bitterness balances it. It finishes dry with a touch of fresh pine lingering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crony. 5.1% / IBU = 30 / in Florida.

This 'NW Brown Ale' is quite hoppy for style. Better to call this a brown pale ale. Mildly bitter with somewhat rich flavor for style. lingering, hoppy aftertaste.
Over-sized, frothy tan head mandates multiple pours into my smallish wine glass.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Massive foamy head that never leaves. The beer is a reddish brown that is almost see through but looks clear and dark. The aroma is faint chocolate and nut but there is a slightly soapy aroma that is most unpleasant. The taste is quite bitter with a hint of fruitiness and chocolate in the background. Not my favorite brown ale.

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Photo of hophugger
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Once the mile of tan head finally went down, I was able to try this brown ale. Aroma and taste were light. I got some bitterness in the taste and very light citrus. There is a light, watery feeling overall.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip, it pours a ruby brown with a nice fluffy tan head. The scent is mostly malt, with some citrus and coffee. Lightly malty taste. Enjoyable and repeatable!

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Giant, foamy, rich thick soapy tan head that is beyond the scope of my fist. Outrageous head creation, but not a gusher forming with a giant thick cap that takes over the glass, and IPA thick like retention. Body color though is a very beautiful mahogany red, with some nice clarity and excellent polished like appearances. Too bad about this crazy creation which makes the drink impossible to enjoy for a long time.

Very nice aroma and balance. Toasty malts, a little bit of brown bread and a nice caramel softness with milk chocolate. Hop angle follows next, slightly juicy but not as prominent. Excellent chocolate and toast angle which stands out.

Unexpected. IPA Cascadian like body, with a noticeable hop push on first sip. Small toast flavors at first up front, then comes to a somewhat juiced hop angle, mixing with much of the chocolate like malt character of the brew. However, more brown toast like qualities take over, which take the beer to a different place altogether, nearly crackling malt but not quite in terms of flavor. Finishes hop dominant with a mix of pine and needles, toasted aired grain slightly burnt as well. There's almost a sharp peppery mineral quality to this as well.

Interesting take on a brown ale, not mind blowing but decent enough.

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Photo of stevoj
2.84/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Albertsons. Nice looking pour, dark, but clear brown, with small silky head. Aroma seems to be a no-show, not bad, just not there. Taste is very light toasted malts, mild finish, seems watery. One of the first disappointing beers from No-Li.

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Photo of delta490
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear, brown with a huge light tan head. It takes a while to settle down and has some incredible retention. It leaves a speckling of sticky lacing. The aroma is a little underwhelming, offering just some standard malt sweetness and a little earthy hops. The taste is much better, with a melange of nutty, sweet, and roasted notes with a little hops on the finish. The body is lighter and a little thin feeling.

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Photo of LouZ
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one was fine, but nothing special. It's a brown ale with little aroma and light flavor. Feel was very watery and thin, which resulted in lower ratings. No-Li has much better offerings for me than to come back to this one again. More for the entry-level crowd.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark reddish brown with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of light toasted malt, coffee, hint of nuts and faint grassy hops. Flavor is light toasted malt, hints of nuts and coffee, light grassy hops in the finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Hits all the notes for a brown ale, with the coffee both unexpected and adding a bit of character. Flavor is not intense, but on par for a 5% ale. An easy drinking brown ale with a bit of a hop kick.

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Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Delicious beer right here. Great looking khaki colored head with awesome notes of coffee and roasted malts. With first sip getting coffee up front then the malt and hop bitterness on the finish. Not overly bitter. Since label described this as a Nw Brown ale I was expecting it to be more hop forward but if the label said coffee Brown ale it would be more in line. Overall I would say it's a great beer worth trying.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: rich brown hue with good clarity and a thin layer of tan foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: lightly toasty with just a dash of hop aroma. Quite low intensity, but well put together.

Taste: lightly malty with just a hint of toast and a lightly fruity hop character. A bit mild, but good!

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess for the style.

Overall: a very refreshing brown ale, almost closer to a pale ale in its flavor. I dig it.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Seems more hoppy browns are hitting the market and it's just not my thing. As far as an american brown goes, lingering bitterness really hides too much of the flavor I want to taste. Not terrible in any way, easy to drink, clean and crisp.

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Crony from No-Li Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 27 ratings